The New England Consortium's
E-Quarterly            Vol. 5 No. 6 May 2011 
A Newsletter about Working with Toxic Materials, Health and Safety Training, Law and Public Policy Working with Toxic Materials, Health and Safety Training, Law and Public Policy
In This Issue
TNEC Open Enrollment Calendar
Deepwater Horizon Lessons Learned
Training for Recovery
TNEC Approved to Provide TCH's to Workers in Wastewater Treatment and Water Supply Facilities
TNEC Lead Educator to Serve On Occupational Health Board
NH Health Officers Receive ER Training
NH COSH Members Elect New Board Chair
For Our Loyal Customers


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Deepwater Horizon Lessons Learned
David Coffey
David Coffey, TNEC Training Manager moderates a panel at NIEHS meeting.
    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) Workshop "Deepwater Horizon Lessons Learned: Improving Safety and Health Training for Disaster Cleanup Workers" convened this May 3-5 in Mobile, Al.
   The intensive workshop brought together many people involved in responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including NIEHS WETP awardees, federal agency staff, and community leaders, as well as British Petroleum (BP) personnel and contractors.  Approximately 120 people attended the three day event.
   WETP Director Joseph "Chip" Hughes spoke about the decisions made during the oil spill.  He highlighted a recent U.S. Coast Guard report that set, as a future goal, a more ideal safety culture, including comprehensive training for both platform workers and cleanup workers.  He acknowledged the value of input from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the right to understand for training those whose first language is not English.  As part of the Unified Command Team, NIEHS developed training materials in English, Spanish and Vietnamese during the initial response.
   Dealing with the lessons learned on the front lines, "On-Site Lessons Learned" a plenary panel consisted of a fishing boat captain, Captain Bob Zales, David Coffey, Training Manager for the NIEHS funded The New England Consortium (TNEC) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Tamara Joslin, incident training lead for BP.  Mr. Coffey along with Jimmy Smith, a trainer with TNEC, were worker safety advisors and performed on-site evaluations in the Gulf region.  They observed a need for more
David Coffey and Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith (l) and David Coffey (r) received awards for their training efforts in New Orleans.
educational materials, training provided in additional foreign languages and a better understanding by trainers of conditions at the disaster site itself. 
   Mr. Coffey and Mr. Smith were both recognized for their efforts in the Gulf region by NIEHS which awarded them a medal to honor their efforts in the disaster cleanup in Louisiana.

(Source: WETP Ryan Campbell)
Training for Recovery: Accomplishments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding
   The (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) provided Recovery Act funds to hazardous waste worker training organizations and small businesses to support the health
Governor Deval Patrick
Governor Deval Patrick
and safety training for under- and unemployed workers in the hazardous materials and green jobs sectors.
   The New England Consortium (TNEC) used its ARRA funds, $373,270, to provide training to workers employed or likely to be employed in Recovery Act-supported hazardous waste cleanup, the green energy sector, and related transportation, and construction projects.
   As of May 21, 2011, TNEC has trained over 1,010 under served workers, including significant numbers of inner-city unemployed and underemployed workers in 60 courses covering more than 13,000 contact hours of instruction.  Most trainees were newly hired employees or public employees working on ARRA-funded projects who would otherwise have lost their jobs.  These include employees who work in transportation and construction, water treatment and resources, municipal road, sewer and highway projects, private sector green energy start-up firms, and weatherization and environmental technology.  For example, one graduate of the JFYNetworks weatherization program in Lowell was an unemployed painter who now works for Conservation Services Group (CSG) as an air sealing technician.  CSG is the leading weatherization company in eastern Massachusetts and the company is grooming the graduate to become an energy auditor.
   The ARRA funds have helped support the expansion of the green sector and to ensure an emphasis on employee health and safety.  TNEC developed a new OSHA 10+Plus course that includes the standard 10-hour OSHA construction course, with four hours of additional instruction on topics related to the "green" construction industries. 
   Other successes that resulted from the use of ARRA funds included the hiring of a full-time trainer, a half-time project administrator, and another half-time trainer; the retention of other employees; and the hiring of two student summer interns to support environmental public health research.
   Another program supported NIEHS' Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) program and focused on green chemistry awareness training for workplace, community, and environmental activists.  The 4-hour curriculum is based on existing materials developed by the United Steel Workers, Beyond Benign, TNEC, and a COSH curriculum for green jobs.  The new training curriculum was first presented at a train-the-trainer session in 2010 for 23 activists.  Feedback from that training session was used to modify the curriculum which was then used at 5 separate training sessions, reaching 106 participants between April and October 2010.
   The curriculum provides tools for workers and communities to understand basic principles and concepts of green chemistry and how its application can lead to healthier and safer workplaces and communities by: 1) helping to reduce and prevent the generation of hazardous wastes; and 2) providing safer and healthier remediation of hazardous waste sites.
   TNEC used the training to expand green chemistry awareness to a network of advocates and activities, primarily in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The project partners include the University of Massachusetts Lowell, The New England Consortium, Beyond Benign, and the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  Two environmental public health networks collaborated with TNEC on this project: the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow-Massachusetts coordinated by Clean Water Action which includes MassCOSH and Western MassCOSH, and the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, which includes Clean Water Action and ConnectiCOSH.
   TNEC recovery act training provided people with new opportunities, new skills, and new hope.  On a trip to see how the Recovery Act funds were being utilized, the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, stated that trainees "have a confidence about the future that comes from the fact that they, as well as we, are investing in that future."
(Source:  NIEHS WETP)
TNEC Approved to Provide Training Contact Hours for Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities
Work Zone Safety Training
TNEC trainer Bridget McGuiness
  The New England Consortium (TNEC) the region's model Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Worker Health and Safety training program is now approved for Training Contact Hours (TCHs) by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MA DEP) Boards of Certification of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities.
   Based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1987, TNEC has provided dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training.  Engaged in simulated work tasks and mock incidents, students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation.
   "We train a wide variety of people who work in wastewater treatment plants and in drinking water supply facilities," commented Wayne Sanborn, Training Consultant with TNEC.   "Health and Safety Officers who work with these types of facilities made requests for the certification. This training is directly relevant to an operator's day-to-day work responsibilities and providing the training contact hours helps them keep up to date on their certifications."
   The Boards of Certification have approved seven (7) TNEC courses for Training Contact Hours (TCH) for Licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities.  Approved TNEC core courses are:
   (101) 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Worker Health and Safety Course,
   (102) 8-Hour Annual Hazardous Waste Site Worker Refresher Course,
   (301) 8-Hour Annual Emergency Responder Refresher Course,
   (303) 24-Hour Emergency Responder Course,
   (304-5) 8-Hour Work-Zone Safety Emergency Response Awareness Course,
   (901) 14-Hour Confined Space Training Course, and
   (905) OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health Training Course.

   Open enrollment courses are held throughout the year at TNEC's training center at UMass Lowell and at other locations in New England.  To obtain further information about these courses, their MA DEP approval numbers, training contact hours and a schedule of all open enrollment course offerings please visit our website at


TNEC Lead Worker Health Educator to Serve on Occupational Health Surveillance Program's Advisory Board
Tom Estabrook
Thomas Estabrook, Ph.D., Lead Worker Health Educator

   Thomas Estabrook, Ph.D., Lead Worker Health Educator with The New England Consortium (TNEC) has been nominated and accepted to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health's (MA DPH) Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP), to begin April, 2011.
   Funding for OHSP is provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and funding has recently been extended for five more years.  The overall mission of OSHP is to promote the health, safety and quality of life of working people in Massachusetts by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating information about work-related injuries, illnesses and hazards in MA. The information is used to target intervention activities, guide the development of prevention programs and policies, and raise public awareness of workplace risks.  OHSP will continue surveillance of fatal occupational injuries, work-related asthma, injuries to young workers, burn injuries and sharps injuries to hospital workers.
   The OHSP Advisory Board plays a key role in assuring that the program is responsive to the needs of the community and provides an important vehicle for promoting collaboration between the various groups in the state working to protect the health of working people.  For further information about OHSP and their work go to or phone 617.624.5632. 
NH Health Officers Receive Emergency Response Training
Jimmy Smith Training
NH COSH Trainer Jimmy Smith training NH Public Health Officers
  New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NH COSH), with the collaboration of the NH Public Health Officers Association, sponsored an 8-Hour Emergency Response Awareness refresher training for the municipal health officers on March 23, at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Hall in Hooksett, NH.  Health officers who attended this day long training will receive updated OSHA certification.  Instructors Jimmy Smith, NH COSH and David Coffey, The New England Consortium (TNEC) were on hand to answer the health officers' questions, concerns, provide specialized instruction and walk them through a review of the Emergency Response Awareness course.
   Training in emergency response awareness is key to a quick and safe response to any hazard or emergency the participants may face during their workday.  OSHA requires that personnel who are likely to come in contact with hazardous situations or materials be trained to recognize a hazardous situation, chemical release and how to properly respond.
   TNEC tailors its Emergency Response Awareness Course to the participants training needs for each course.  The curriculum was developed to be delivered to state medical examiners, police and fire departments, health officers and hospitals.  Working in groups, participants completed hands-on activities specifically selected for their work environment.  The trainers solicited experiences from the health officers then used these experiences in discussions about how they would respond to an emergency.
NH COSH Members Elect New Board Chair at Annual Meeting
New Hampshire Board Members
Karla Armanti, Dennis Martino, out going Chair and Louise Hannan
  At this year's NH COSH annual meeting, Louise Anne Hannan was elected the first woman Chair of NH COSH's Executive Board.  Louise is the Health Officer Liaison for the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  It was through this position as Health Officer Liaison that Louise and NH COSH began a long working relationship.  She is instrumental in helping NH COSH set up day-long workshops on Emergency Response and All Hazards Awareness Training for the NH Health Officers Association.  Louise's commitment and dedication to public health and safety in the state of New Hampshire is exceptional, she is always going the extra mile.  Louise leaves the position as COSH board treasurer to assume the position of Board Chair.
   Another new face joined the NH COSH Executive Board, Karla R. Armenti, ScD.  Karla is the principal investigator for the Occupational Health Surveillance Program Bureau which is part of the Public Health Statistics and Informatics Division of the Public Health Service. An achievement award was presented to Karla R. Armenti for her continued oversight of occupational health surveillance in New Hampshire


For our Loyal Customers
logo   TNEC has provided excellent training to federal and state agencies, small businesses and large multi-national corporations for over 18 years.  Many companies and agencies over the years have sent multiple employees to our 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Health and Safety courses and the 8-Hour refresher.  To thank our loyal customers and for those who are choosing us for the first time and who send more than three employees to our trainings over a one year period, we will begin to offer up to a 15% discount on the price of the course.  To find out if you are eligible for the discount pricing contact David Coffey, Training Manager at 978.934.3296 or or Therese O'Donnell 978.934.3329 or
NOTE: TNEC changes its Refresher curriculum each year, beginning in September, so that students returning to TNEC year after year for their Refresher training are presented with new materials each time.
   From September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011, the curriculum for the Site Worker Refresher includes Reviews of Student Work History for the past year, and small group activities emphasizing OSHA priority safety issues such as: Walking and Working Surfaces, Hazardous Materials, Gulf Oil Spill, Occupational Stress, Record Keeping, Infectious Diseases and Global Harmonization.  Other review topics: Reflecting on Health and Safety, NIOSH Pocket Guide Activity, Respiratory Protection, Action Cards Discussion and Table Top activity.

Project Partnersowelltter

Civil Service Employee Association
CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME

Occupational Safety and Health 
New York's Leading Union

143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Phone: 516.257.1465 

  Standing Together for Safe and Healthy Work
1532B Dorchester Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone:  617.825.7233
Fax: 617.822.3718

20 Years of working to keep NH workers safe!
NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106

 Phone: 603.232.4406
Fax: 603.232.4461

An injury to one is an injury to all
683 North Mountain Road
Newington, CT 06111
Phone: 860.953.2674
Fax: 860.953.1038



741 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401.751.2015
Fax: 401.751.7520


Western Mass COSH
640 Page Blvd, Suite 104
Springfield, MA 01104
 Phone: 413.731.0760
Fax: 413.731.6688
Upcoming Conferences Where TNEC will be Exhibiting 

 New Hampshire Emergency Preparedness Conference
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
Thursday, June 15, 2011    
Partners in Worker Health and Safety Training

OSHA logo
Contact:   Diane Malachowski, Manager Region 1 OTIEC,
    603-645-0050; Toll-free 800-449-6742; Fax 603-645-0080

OSHA Training Institute Education Center

                       175 Ammon Drive, Manchester, NH 03103-3308  
   The New England Consortium (TNEC) is the region's model Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Worker Health and Safety training organization.  Since 1987, TNEC has provided dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training to over 24,000 workers.

   TNEC is one of 20 programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education Training Program.

   TNEC is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Coalitions/Committees for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island and the Civil Service Employees Association of New York (CSEA Occupational Safety and Health), Local 1000, AFSCME

   In addition to providing HAZWOPER training, COSH groups work on a variety of worker health and safety training and other issues.

To learn more, call your local COSH group:
ConnectiCOSH                        860.953.2674
CSEA                                      518.257.1465
MassCOSH                              617.825.7233
New Hampshire COSH             603.232.4406
RICOSH                                  401.751.2015
WesternMassCOSH                  413.731.0760
   Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our newsletter.  We hope to keep you safe and healthy with information that will protect you on the job.

This work is partially supported under NIEHS grant number:
2 U45 ESOO6172-19